Posted on March 24 by the Santa Cruz County Central Committee

This letter was sent to the Santa Cruz City Council in advance of a March 24 public hearing on the city's acquisition of a Lenco BearCat military vehicle (see "Give back The BearCat").

March 22, 2015

Mayor Lane and Members of the Santa Cruz City Council:

The Santa Cruz County Peace and Freedom Party opposes the purchase of the Lenco BEARCAT agreed to by the Santa Cruz City Council at their December 9th meeting. We have followed developments closely since that time and find that the situation has not changed enough either in the potential for military use or in procedures for military acquisitions by a city department. The $100,000 threshold now being proposed is far too high and does not allow for transparency to the taxpayers who are footing the bill.

Because we have witnessed the eroding of the United States Constitution over the past 20 years, on a national scale the California Peace and Freedom Party calls for the abolition of the Department of Homeland Security, the Patriot Act, the War on Drugs, and the War on Terror. The passage of the National Defense Authorization Act in 2012 threatens every American citizen with being whisked away in the middle of the night to an undisclosed location and held indefinitely without contact with a lawyer, family, or friends. Several people who signed a petition against the BEARCAT brought up their perception that the US is headed for martial law as their rights under the constitution are disappearing. People see a relationship between military equipment, martial law and their own safety.

All these wars the US engages in have not made society safer. Instead, we find we are less safe and victims of our own federal government. False flag operations such as the Oklahoma City bombing which ushered in the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 and the attacks on the auditors and naval intelligence at the Pentagon on 9-11-01 which ushered in the Patriot Act, have led to a federal government crushing our Bill of Rights.

Freedom requires a strong response to these actions and to a criminal government that does not represent its people. On the local level, we must say No to the BEARCAT.

Thank you for holding this meeting to hear the voices of Santa Cruz.

Maureen Smith
Peace and Freedom Party Santa Cruz County

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